Multi-tasker Michael Self tests with MDM at LOR; Iowa next

Multi-tasker Michael Self tests with MDM at LOR; Iowa next

TOLEDO, Ohio (June 28, 2017) – MDM Motorsports is on the march...again. Coming off ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards wins at Talladega, Toledo and Michigan, MDM is apparently looking for more. That's why a two-car MDM team tested Tuesday at Lucas Oil Raceway Tuesday with drivers Michael Self and Sheldon Creed.

The test was two-fold…get prepared for the Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 coming Friday, July 21, and get both drivers familiar with the track. Neither has ever raced on the historic short-track on the west side of Indianapolis.

"I spotted and coached for Justin Haley last year and 2015, but I've never raced there," said Self. "There's definitely a good bit to figure out. It's a very unique place. I've heard so many drivers talk about it. There's a lot to know about it…now I understand why."

Self used every inch of the day to figure things out.

"That place has three lanes and you can run a variety of those lanes. I'm so glad we went and tested…it took a while to figure it out. We tested from 9 to 5…used every bit of that time. The team made a lot of changes, but me, personally, I used it to figure it out."

In just a handful of ARCA starts, Self has turned in some impressive numbers, finishing a career-best third last year at Kansas, and third most recently at Pocono. In his career-first start at Mobile in 2014 he was running second inside of 15 laps to go before the transmission broke. He was also inside the top-10 at Daytona this year before he got caught up in a multi-car crash.

"When I look back at my ARCA races, we've been a top-three competitor everywhere, and that gives me a lot of confidence going into the next one."

As impressive as the Salt Lake City, Utah driver has been in the driver's seat, he's matched every bit of it on the marketing side, securing title sponsorship from Sinclair Oil Corporation. You'll see the big green dinosaur on Self's No. 28 Chevy at Iowa and Lucas Oil.

"That's one of my proudest achievements, securing a marketing partnership with Sinclair Oil Corporation. They've been wonderful to work with, and I couldn't be more proud of my association with them."

Michael Self candid Daytona 2017Despite his limited ARCA schedule -- he'll also run the remaining races on the NASCAR K&N West tour -- Self keeps himself plenty busy attending school and keeping up with his own business.

"I have my own business…coaching road racing guys. I work a lot with the Trans-Am Series. I've got three full-time clients. I'm also doing a lot of development work with Ganassi on some of their Cup stuff. Been sort of an ambassador for Michelin and Ford too. It's been a busy year…I think I'll be home six days in June."

Self is also a student at Central Piedmont Community College, finishing up his Associates degree before he plans to transfer to UNC Charlotte to complete his schooling.

"I'm even taking a summer class…I'm going to give a speech at school today. Most of my classes are online, which works well with my schedule. I'm focused on business administration, and I'm pursuing marketing within that."

In the meantime, it's back to school on Lucas Oil Raceway.

"It was a really productive day. It's good to get back…building chemistry with the MDM guys. I've never raced there so it's hard to tell how good we are. We were going off last year's notes, but it definitely gives you confidence going into raceday."

Patience, according to Self, was his biggest takeaway.

"Absolutely…being patient. Those are really long corners. On your typical short track, you sail it in, get it turned and back in the gas. But at Lucas Oil…the corners are so particular because they're so long…they're a tremendous part of your lap. You've got to get comfortable in the corners and the balance has to be just right."

From school, to coaching, to his corporate partnerships, to the race car, it sounds like Self knows a thing or two about balance.

Self is also scheduled to compete in ARCA Racing Series events this year at Iowa Speedway and Kansas Speedway.

Discounted tickets for the Sioux Chief PowerPEX® 200 are on sale now at several Menards stores in Indiana. The tickets are being offered at $10 off the gate price, and can be purchased up through July 20. Kids, 11 and under, are free. For a complete listing of Indiana stores selling discount tickets, CLICK HERE.

The Sioux Chief PowerPEX® 200 marks the 13th ARCA appearance at Lucas Oil Raceway since its debut there in 1971. Former ARCA winners at LOR include Ramo Stott, Bob Schacht, Davey Allison, Ty Dillon, Frank Kimmel, Brandon Jones, Travis Braden and Chase Briscoe.

Raceway Schedule
ARCA Racing Series practice is from 12 - 2 p.m., followed by General Tire pole qualifying at 5. Pre-race ceremonies and driver introductions begin at 8:30 with the green flag waving just after 9. The 100-lap ARCA/CRA Super Series late model race precedes the 200-lap ARCA national tour event.

Media Coverage
The Sioux Chief PowerPEX® 200 is live on FS1 at 9 p.m. ET. will feature live timing and scoring and live chat of all ARCA Racing Series on-track activities.

Don Radebaugh